The San Francisco 49ers will have a lot of new faces on the field on Aug. 11 for the preseason game opener the Kansas City Chiefs, but which newcomer will make the biggest impact in 2017?
In this week’s version of the ESPN NFL Nation NFC Blog Q&A, the NFC West reporters supplied their answers on the best newcomer to the division with three out of the four picking a member of the 49ers.
Josh Weinfuss, Arizona Cardinals reporter: “Wide receiver Pierre Garçon is the pick here,” said Weinfuss. “He instantly becomes one of the top wide receivers in the West, coming off a 1,000-yard season in Washington last season. Garçon, who turns 31 in August, has proved he still has what it takes to perform as a No. 1 receiver, which is what the Niners need.”
Garçon was one of the first free agents signed by general manager John Lynch. The 10-year veteran wideout has hauled in 564 passes for 7,068 yards and 37 touchdowns in his career. His familiarity in Shanahan’s scheme during their time together in Washington should make Garçon a very dangerous threat for the 49ers.